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Archaeology Officer (Berkshire Archaeology)

  • Employer: Reading Borough Council
  • Reference: DEN0533
  • Published: Thu 11/11/2021, 17:27 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 12/12/2021, 23:27 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 22 hours per week
  • Salary: £16,078 - £19,166
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire

Permanent, Part time 22 hours

Ref: DEN0533

part time salary £16,078 - £19,166



About us

Berkshire Archaeology provides archaeological services to Reading, Bracknell Forest, Slough, Wokingham and Windsor & Maidenhead councils, including planning policy advice, development management casework, Historic Environment Record (HER) services and outreach to the public. We are looking for an experienced archaeologist, with an interest in conserving and managing archaeology in the planning system, to join our small team on a part-time basis.


The archaeology of our five unitary authorities is prolific and wide-ranging, with large numbers of sites representing every archaeological period, and new finds being made each year. We work with planning officers and other colleagues to develop and apply robust policy that protects and enhances our archaeological heritage, against a backdrop of fast-paced development and a busy caseload. Our HER is well-developed and actively managed to provide an up-to-date record of archaeological assets and potential, as well as numerous datasets reflecting the wider historic environment.  We work with many partners in the heritage sector and beyond, to engage with local communities and make sure archaeology can be appreciated by all.



About the role

The part-time Archaeology Officer is a core post in our well-established service, focusing on archaeological development management and enhancement of the HER across two boroughs.


Main duties and responsibilities:


  • To provide advice on planning applications and issues affecting archaeological assets
  • Liaising with developers and consultants to make sure mitigation works are carried out
  • Working with colleagues to make archaeological information accessible via the HER, and planning and delivering outreach activities for local residents and communities.



About you

You will have at least two years’ experience of professional archaeology in Britain, including:


  • Experience of heritage resource management and working with HERs or other data resources
  • A good knowledge of British archaeology and historic landscapes, planning policy and procedures, and archaeological fieldwork techniques
  • Practical ICT knowledge (including standard software applications and GIS) and effective communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and manage your own time, but also to work with others, and strong inter-personal skills
  • Current full driving licence



Our offer

Reading is a great place to live and work – a busy thriving town with a lively cultural and heritage offer. Berkshire Archaeology offers an opportunity to get involved with all aspects of local authority archaeology, and to work with a range of partners across all our client authorities.


We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition are strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.


A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:


  • Generous holiday entitlement  - Pro rata 24 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
  • Flexible working opportunities at part of Reading Borough Council’s Modern Workplace Initiative
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • Life Assurance - three times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)
  • Nearby day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees
  • Season Ticket Loan - to help with the cost of your rail/ bus journey, to & from work
  • Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years.  The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax
  • NB We recruit at the bottom of the payscale; incremental progression through the pay range is on an annual basis, dependent on successful annual performance appraisals


For more information on this position please contact fiona.macdonald@reading.gov.uk

Closing Date: 12th December 2021

Interview Date: 6/7th January 2022   

Interview format:     Question & answer panel interview with two panel members (approximately 40 mins) based on Job Description

A short exercise to be prepared for just beforehand, and discussed during, the interview



Please note that these dates are indicative at this stage and may be subject to change


Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is the key to our success


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  • Employer: Reading Borough Council
  • Reference: DEN0533
  • Published: Thu 11/11/2021, 17:27 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 12/12/2021, 23:27 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 22 hours per week
  • Salary: £16,078 - £19,166
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire

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